Holiday Cocktails for the Hostess Who Hates to Cook

I love the holidays, and I love playing hostess. But one place where my enthusiasm wanes is the kitchen. I don't know about you, but sweating off my makeup over a pan of gravy or spending the next day scrubbing turkey gizzard out from under my nails does not say "fun" to me. Course, that doesn't mean the holidays have to be a total party bust.   read more

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Healthy Swaps for the Junk Food We Have a Kung-Fu Grip on

It's common knowledge that the more delicious a snack is, the more terrible it is for you. Case in point: junk food. We all know it's bad news. Heck, the name itself implies that there's unnecessary stuff hanging around. And in this case, that unnecessary stuff is extra fat, sugar, salt and calories.   read more

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These Restaurant Meals Will Blow Your Diet in a Single Bite

When you're sitting down to a meal at one of America's classic chain restaurant establishments, you're probably not looking to skimp on calories. After all, restaurants like The Cheesecake Factory aren't known for hosting Weight Watchers meetings. But do you know just how bad for you a single meal is?   read more

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10 BBQ Dishes That Won't Make You Bust Out of Your Bikini

Remember that summer barbecue where you stuffed your face with ribs, potato salad and ice cream and left feeling light, unbloated and without any regrets? Me, either. There's nothing like downing a sodium-bomb burger with a side of coleslaw and potato chips and realizing the gravity of your actions 10 minutes later, while you're nursing a food baby in the hot sun and pulling at your ever-tighter bikini bottoms. Get your grub on, no regrets, with these health-conscious barbecue dishes, which taste great while cutting carbs, fat and calories.   read more

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Is Your Diet Making You Fat?

Nothing is more frustrating than sticking diligently to a diet and seeing no results -- or, maybe even worse, seeing awesome results only to plateau a few weeks later. But it can be hard to pinpoint what, exactly, is going wrong. So we chatted with Vandana Sheth, registered dietitian nutritionist and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, author of the New York Times best seller S.A.S.S! Yourself Slim: Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches, to give us the skinny on the surprising mistakes people make on popular diets -- see if one of these sneaky saboteurs is messing with your weight loss goals.   read more

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Pants Too Snug? May Be Time to Give that Designer Cup of Joe the Stink Eye. Here's Why

Ryoko, a talented graphic designer who lives in Seattle, is such a devout coffee fan that she's built an entire website, ilovecoffee.jp, in homage.   read more

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My Slim-Down, Get-Glowing Detox

I knew I needed a change when I hopped on the scale a week after Thanksgiving and the number flashed higher than it had ever been. Granted, it was a few days after I had two Thanksgiving dinners in less than 24 hours, but the persistent tightness of my clothing and my general sluggishness suggested that the extra pounds were more than just a few big dinners. After catching a glimpse of myself in the mirror after a shower one night, I thought to myself, 'I can't possibly be pregnant ... right?' Nope. My food baby had just become a permanent fixture.   read more

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7 Winter Diet Tips Nutritionists Swear By

It's never a big shocker. As the first blasts of cold air swoop in, your clothes lose some wiggle room and your pants require a bit more muscle-power to close. Blame the dryer all you want, but there's just something about Old Man Winter that makes us sluggish, constantly hungry (for all the wrong things), a little pudgier -- and in need of some diet tips that work.   See tips

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Craving Beauty? These Images Will More Than Satisfy You

Sometimes advertising agencies produce lame ads (Sit n' Sleep's "Your killing me, Larry" comes to mind). Sometimes -- as with those his/her couples lubricant spots -- they produce provocative/unsavory ones. And, sometimes, just sometimes, they produce simply beautiful, to the point mini-masterpieces.   read more

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American Foods That Have Been Banned in Foreign Countries

Considering the fact that some American "cuisine" (Oh, those Golden Arches) has become ubiquitous abroad, it's interesting to learn that there's a long list of foods that are verboten in other countries.   read more

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